Victory in Iraq!

Tell everyone Hennessy broke the story.  America won the Iraq war.  The insurgency is broken!  Peace prevails.  The terrorists are routed!Where are the headlines?  A man between the ages of 18 and 30 has a better chance of being murdered in Philadelphiathan of dying in Iraq in September.  The third head of al Qaeda in Iraq is dead--three in 18 months.  Ascending to that throne is no promotion. Face it, folks, we won the war.  We won the peace.  Face this, too:  the average American is too stupid to know the difference, so she votes Democrat and makes Bush jokes.    

The Charleston Terrorist Story **UPDATE**

UPDATE: 6:42 p.m. CDT: now reporting that the two Muslim men arrested near the Charleston Naval Weapons Station were in possession of pipe bombs. Their attorney assures us that a) they have a really good reason for possessing pipe bombs, and b) the two Middle Eastern men with pipe bombs near a Navy base are victims of racial profiling. Whatever. Profile away.

Before details about the pipe bombs were released, the executive director of a civil rights organization for Muslims in Tampa criticized the arrest as racial profiling, an accusation South Carolina police denied.

“Definitely this is not related to terrorism,” said Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Had these been two good ol’ boys from South Carolina driving through and speeding — and even if they did have some fireworks — nobody would have been arrested,” Bedier said.

Kiss my good ol' boy white ass, you terrorist sympathizer. And go back to wherever the hell you came from. CAIR is a terrorist front--just wait.

Officers became suspicious because the men quickly put away a laptop computer and couldn’t immediately say what they were doing in the area or where they were going, DeWitt said.

I'll bet they had trouble coming up with a story. By this morning, their lawyer was saying the two were headed to NC to celebrate a birthday. Perhaps the pipe bombs were just big, m--- f---ing candles.

We now return to the original post . . .

The Discerning Texan has the latest round-up of this story, and Michelle Malkin's growing post is full of chilling details. I thought I'd throw in a little local color having been stationed in Charleston for seven years.

The Naval Weapons Station is a short trip up the Cooper River from the Naval Station, but it's a very long drive in a car. Security at the Weapons Station was tight. Very tight. Unlike typical bases where spouses could gain access simply by showing a dependent ID card, access to the Weapons Station was by name: if you're not on the list, you don't get on. And that went for active duty, too. During the Cold War, those of us assigned to a submarine in refit at the Weapons Station had a special sticker on our ID cards.

As you can see from this Google Earth satellite photograph, the weapons station is mostly woods, or appears to be when viewed from ground or river level. Red Bank Road, home of the infamous Red Bank Club where I drank my fill of Budweiser and shot countless games of pool, is the only access to and from the main gate. Red Bank Road turns into Highway 176, the road where the suspects were pulled over, at Highway 52 in Hanahan. If the suspects were pulled over in Goose Creek, then they were pretty darn close to the Weapons Station. The military housing, Exchange and Commissary, and associated family support facilities lie outside the gates of the station in a development known as the L. Mendell Rivers Complex.

On the Google Earth images, the roads east of North Rhett Extension are unlabeled. (Use the Hybrid view and drag the image slowly left and right--you'll see what I mean.) That's far less secure than when TerraServer first came into being nearly a decade ago. The Weapons Station was still blotted out from the satellite view.

If Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed and Youssef Samir Megahed were planning anything for the Weapons Station, they'd have encountered problems. I won't detail any of the security, but it is thorough and effective. There are other valuable targets for terrorists in the area, but, again, I'm going to give them any ideas. According to at least one report, the two were pulled over travelling away from the Weapons Station. If they are bad guys, it's possible they intended to get arrested to test security. Or they may have been casing the Weapons Station and obtained the information they needed. Either way, they could be as lethal in jail as they are on the loose--like a rabid animal that recently died.

Charleston and surrounding areas are wonderful places to live or vacation. Isle of Palms, Seabrook, and Kiawah Islands are gorgeous, though a bit pricy. The people are top shelf, too. If you live in the Low Country, best wishes. I hope to get back for a look around next year.

Earlier Post

Is Al Qaeda Impotent?

Captain Ed raises an interesting point in response to al Qaeda's declaration of war on North Africa

Despite their general inability to prevail in Iraq, successfully detonate explosives in Britain, and do anything else in the US, AQ warned Muslims to stay away from their own government buildings on the south side of the Mediterranean

He writes a good piece--which reminded me of this humor entry I posted in 2003 and agian in 2005:

Washington, DC--Degraded by 18 months of America's continued war on terror, and many of its most senior leaders killed or captured, Usama bin Laden's international terrorists group al Qaeda has resorted to new tactics in its relentless attempt to collapse Western Civilization.

According to administration sources speaking on condition of anonymity, the new tactics include ordering expensive pizzas for delivery to senior Bush administration officials' homes, making crank phone calls to American military high command at all hours of the night, and sending spam e-mails to American troops promising millions of dollars working from home--all attempts to degrade morale. Asked about the effects of the new terror campaign, one official said, "it's tough; it really is. My wife's gotten stuck with three or four supreme pizzas. She's too kind hearted to send the kid away empty handed, so just pays for them. And these aren't Domino's or Pizza Hut, either; these are expensive pizza, family-owned places that do gourmet pizzas. She's really frazzled."

The phone calls are a powerful weapon. A key member of Secretary of State Colin Powell's office said that Mr. Powell is " frankly, just plain pissed off" about the calls. According to this anonymous source, just last Tuesday, Mr. Powell received a call at 2:00 AM in which a man with a heavy Arabic accent told him, "Don't let your meat loaf" and began laughing hysterically. An indication of the personal nature of the attack, friends report that Powell told them, "I'd like to get my hands on the m---- f----."

Homeland Security chief, Tom Ridge, could not be reached for comment, but an aide told reporters, "Look, the president warned that this war on terror would be fought on many fronts. We didn't know that they [the terrorists] would resort to this bulls---, but, like the hijackings, we will engage and defeat the enemy on these harassment tactics."

So far, the American public has been spared the horrors of these small battles, but they may not be safe for long. Intelligence reports indicate that American residential phone listings and some custom e-mail address lists, screened for income and other demographic information, were found in the possession of a recently captured al Qaeda senior terrorist.

Authorities say citizens victimized by these acts of terror should hang up, notify their phone company, and/or turn down the pizza. "Some pizza places use caller ID to make sure that the call is coming from the house where the pizza is to be delivered. I'd do business with them," said a receptionist at the Department of Homeland Security.